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What's the Matter with Kansas?

A film by Laura Cohen and Joe Winston based on the best-selling book by Thomas Frank. What's the Matter with Kansas? plunges deep into the heart of Middle America, offering an intimate portrait of the heartland conservatives who twice elected George W. Bush.

Thomas Frank

The author of What's the Matter with Kansas, One Market Under God, and most currently The Wrecking Crew. He is the founding editor of The Baffler, a contributing editor at Harper’s, and is also a regular columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

The Sweat Girls

Chicago's mighty monologue mavens. Ow Myeye Productions and the Sweat Girls collaborated to produce The Motherlode.

Lifeline Theatre

One of Chicago's many excellent theater companies, Lifeline is known for stylish literary adaptations and children's theater. The Motherlode debuted at Lifeline Theatre in 1999.

The Building Stage

A Chicago Theater company devoted to developing new work, often shows are free to the public.

Kartemquin Films

Founded in 1966, Kartemquin produces artistic, challenging and socially relevant documentary films, including Hoop Dreams and The New Americans.


Chicago Production Company.

Towers Productions

Television Production Company based in Chicago.

IFP/ Chicago

The Chicago chapter of the Independent Feature Project, a networking organization for independent filmmakers to form communities and find commercial opportunities for their work.

Illinois Film Office

Chicago Film Office

International Documentary Association

IDA is a non-profit member service organization, which provides publications, benefits and a public forum to documentary filmmakers and their supporters.

Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF)

The AIVF has been giving independent filmmakers a voice since 1973. It also publishes the magazine, The Independent.

Columbia College Chicago Film and Video Department

Chicago's largest film school features many programs, screenings and opportunities.

Loyola University Communications Department

Located in Chicago, Loyola now features a Center for Global Media and Documentary Studies.

Twang Bang

Chicago-based musical duo of Itzi Rothowski on guitar and Redd Klaatz on drums. Featured on Dr. Demento and finalists in the Japan Open, their eclectic music defies simple description.

Le Bande Sans Fin

Electro-audio-visual compositions and performances.

Illinois First!

Named after the 1999 public works project, this musical ensemble sets the history and geography of the Prairie state to a dynamic rock and roll soundtrack.

Mia Park

Chicago musician, actress and cable access TV host.

Chicago Critical Mass

A leaderless monthly bike ride through Chicago's streets.

Chicagoland Bicycle Federation

Advocacy group which works to improve the bicycling environment in the region.

Butt Man